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Nursery art and craft studios provide a dedicated space for both children and practitioners to be creative, writes Annette Rawstrone, who finds out how four settings are making the most of theirs

Don't miss our great supplement Nursery Equipment, free with the 16 May issue of Nursery World, which looks at the latest trends in planning and equipping spaces for young children.

Printing is an immediately engaging activity for young children because it is both visual and tactile. Nicole Weinstein offers some tips

Most children like to draw. Nicole Weinsteinfinds out how practitioners can best support young children’s early development of drawing – and looks at some of the best resources on offer

It is important to provide a range of resources that children can access and use independently in the Reception classroom, writes Linda Pound

In the run-up to International Mud Day on 29 June, Jan White and Menna Godfrey make the case for creating a mud kitchen in your setting and offer advice on how to best approach the task.

With nurseries spending an increasing amount of time outside, many are investing in outdoor structures bringing real benefits to children's play and learning, says Katy Morton.

Use targeted resources that are meaningful to children to get them talking, says Judith Stevens.

There is potential for mathematical learning in all areas of a nursery, so long as practitioners are open to possibilities. Judith Stevens suggests ideas to inspire three- to five-year-olds.

Careful thought is needed to create well-defined and attractive spaces to enhance play, learning and well-being. Ruth Thomson explains.